Monthly Archives: November 2020

Post #13 — 11/30/20

IN THIS POST…

  • Holiday Movie Time
  • Weekend Scores
  • Quick Hitters

Holiday Movie Time

America’s favorite shower curtain ring salesman – Dell Griffith

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and all things late 1980’s, we present one of the holiday movie classics and characters from the hilarious hit Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. In this Thanksgiving travel mishap adventure, (which every hockey parent/player/coach has experienced) America’s favorite shower curtain ring salesman Dell Griffith, played by the late Canadian hockey-loving actor John Candy, teams up with Neal Page, played by Steve Martin, as they try to make their way back home for Thanksgiving. You’ll just have to click the picture above to watch the scene. Knowing the stench hockey equipment makes, you will all relate!

Weekend Scores

In last Monday’s post we included video highlights from each series as much as we could find. Those will now come as part of Wednesday’s posts. Scores from the weekend are below, box scores included.

SCORES – FRIDAY NOV. 27, 2020

PROVIDENCE3ATBOSTON COLLEGE2BOX SCORE
WISCONSIN2ATOHIO STATE3BOX SCORE
RIT1ATSYRACUSE7BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA4ATMINNESOTA-DULUTH2BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA STATE0ATST. CLOUD1BOX SCORE
UCONN (1)ATMAINEPPD
NEW HAMPSHIRE (1)ATHOLY CROSSPPD

(1) = COVID POSTPONEMENT

SCORES – SATURDAY NOV. 28, 2020

BOSTON COLLEGE2ATPROVIDENCE3BOX SCORE
WISCONSIN5ATOHIO STATE0BOX SCORE
COLGATE3ATCLARKSON1BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA2ATMINNESOTA-DULUTH1BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA STATE4ATST. CLOUD STATE2BOX SCORE
UCONN (1)ATMAINEPPD
HOLY CROSS (1)ATNEW HAMPSHIREPPD

(1) = COVID POSTPONEMENT

SCORES – SUNDAY NOV. 29, 2020

LINDENWOOD0ATPENN STATE3BOX SCORE
RIT (1)ATSYRACUSEPPD

(1) POSTPONED

GAME SCHEDULE – MONDAY NOV. 30, 2020

LINDENWOODATPENN STATE2PM
CLARKSONATCOLGATE5PM

Observations…

  • 2 Monday games on the schedule for today, which are rare in college hockey. Lindenwood is at Penn State at 2:00pm and Clarkson is at Colgate at 5pm.
  • Providence sweeps BC behind a 70 save 2-game performance from JR goaltender Sandra Abstreiter.
  • Wisconsin splits with Ohio State winning the backend of their 2-game set 5-0 with 2-goals from Freshmen Sophie Shirley. Wisconsin’s graduate transfer goalie Kennedy Blair stopped 26 of 28 in game 2.
  • Minnesota swept Minnesota-Duluth while on the road. Gopher goalie Lauren Bench finished the weekend turning away 57 of 60 shots good for a .950% save percentage.
  • St. Cloud beat MSU-Mankato in its first game of the year 1-0 despite being outshot 37-12. Mankato turned the tables in game 2 for the weekend split earning its first win of the year 4-2 and outshooting St. Cloud 42-23.
  • Colgate, behind a 2-goal effort from forward Kristyna Kaltounkova, downed 5th ranked Clarkson 3-1 in game 1 of their series at Clarkson. Game 2 moves to Colgate Monday night at 5pm.
  • Due to COVID protocol, the RIT/Syracuse game on Sunday was postponed.

Sifters…

-Providence’s Freshman D Claire Tyo’s goal on Friday night made ESPN’s Sports Center’s Top 10 Plays. You can watch it below.https://video.wordpress.com/embed/pylfRH3Q?preloadContent=metadata&hd=1

-The Winter Olympics in Beijing are quickly creeping upon us. The New York Times did a recent story on how the Chinese hockey federation is preparing their women’s program for 2022 and the impact COVID-19 is having . You can read it HERE.

-What a weekend for Sarah Fuller, soccer player turned kicker for the Vandy football team and the first female to ever play in a NCAA Power 5 football game. ESPN did a nice follow up story yesterday. You can watch it HERE.

Lastly, the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team paid tribute to the passing of soccer star Diego Maradona last week. If you know Rugby, a team performs a ‘Haka’ before each match. A Haka is usually performed in a group and typically represent a display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. You have to see how they respected their Argentinien match opponent in a classy move paying tribute to Argentina’s most beloved athlete. This was a match played just this past week. Notice it’s in a huge stadium and it’s pretty packed with fans. Stick taps to New Zealand and the All Blacks.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

Post #12 — 11/27/20

IN THIS POST… Game Day Reading

  • Weekend NCAA Schedule
  • Quick Hitters

Weekend NCAA Schedule…

The NCAA schedule has 14 games on it between today and Monday. The CHA and ECAC get underway with its first league games of the year. There a number of games already cancelled due to COVID (4) as of now. Here is the schedule as it stands:

Series Previews: Video and series write-ups are below:

Providence / Boston College – (No video) | BC Preview | Providence Preview |

Wisconsin / Ohio State – Bulldog Pipeline Video Series Preview | UW Preview | Ohio St. Preview |

RIT / Syracuse – (No video) | RIT Preview |

Minnesota / UMN-Duluth – (No video) | Minnesota Preview | UMD Preview |

Mankato / St. Cloud – Bulldog Pipeline Video Series Preview | Mankato Preview | St. Cloud Preview |

Lindenwood / Penn St. – (No video) (No team previews)

Clarkson / Colgate – (No video) | Colgate Preview |

It’s early in the season, and with the way COVID is having an impact on games being cancelled or postponed, the more conference points a team can earn now, the better.

Quick Hitters…

-10 games played this year is all it will take to be in consideration for the NCAA tournament. 20 games is usually the norm.

-There are two media outlets that publish a ‘Top 10’ weekly poll after each week of play, USCHO.com and USA Hockey/USA Today. Needless to say, this year will be interesting to see how the votes come in given the trouble with games being played. The first USCHO.com weekly Top-10 poll was released after last weekend. You can find it HERE and USA Hockey / USA Today HERE.

-St. Cloud, which had games postponed due to COVID last weekend, is scheduled to see its first action of the season in a two-game series vs. MSU-Mankato. Wisconsin, RIT, Penn State, Lindenwood, and Clarkson are all scheduled to play their first games of the year.

-Wisconsin will travel to play Ohio St. for a two-game set in a rematch of last years WCHA playoff championship game, Ohio St. beat the badgers in OT 1-0. Wisconsin will be playing game 1 of its season while OSU split with Minnesota last weekend.

-Friday’s Providence @ Boston College game will be televised on NESN. Game time is 2pm. Saturday’s game at Providence will be streamed for free HERE. Game time is again 3pm.

-Streams for games in the WCHA this weekend can be found HERE. We believe subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

-Streams for ECAC games between Clarkson and Colgate can be found HERE.

-Streams for CHA games between Lindenwood @ Penn State can be found HERE and RIT @ Syracuse HERE .

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

Post #11 — 11/26/20 — ivy Financial aid – understanding the process part-III, ncaa covid update

Before getting into our post for the day, we want to take a moment and wish all of our Women’s College Hockey Pipeline readers in the U.S. a very special and happy Thanksgiving. There have been thousands of you reading and watching our content. It’s exciting to see all of you take an interest in our program. A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you no matter where you are.

IN THIS POST…

  • Affordability/Financial Aid – Understanding The IVY Process – Part III
  • NCAA/COVID Update

Affordability/Financial Aid – Understanding the Process…

It’s no secret an Ivy education isn’t cheap. The average cost of attendance among Ivy schools that have hockey programs for the 20-21 academic year is around $78,000. In this post we’ll review how an Ivy education becomes affordable, lay out the financial aid process families can expect go through, and explain why an Ivy League education may be less expensive than a school who offers you a scholarship. In future posts, we’ll tackle the financial process for scholarship schools as well as non-scholarship schools that are not in the Ivy League.

Understanding Affordability

By its own rules, Ivy league institutions don’t offer athletic scholarships. So to help students offset the high cost of attending an Ivy, institutions offer what are called ‘need-based’ financial aid packages to qualifying students. Students qualify based on financial need which is determined by a review of the family’s financial situation. These packages are made up of three areas:

Cost of Attendance includes tuition, room, board (meal plan), books, sometimes travel, and personal expense costs.

Gift Aid includes any money the institution, any governmental or external financial awards. Gift aid in most cases does not need to be paid back. It’s not a loan.

Estimated Net Cost is the amount a student and family is expected to contribute towards the cost of the student’s education.

How much $ do students receive in financial aid? It varies. Financial Aid packages are evaluated on the family’s need and personal financial situation. Think of it as the more income a family makes usually = less financial aid given. Less income = more financial aid.

How how do schools help make things affordable? For starters, those who qualify for financial aid usually receive some amount of money from the institution, which is the main component of the gift aid portion of the package. I am sure many of you are asking, well I make xyz a year, what could I potentially qualify for? That’s a bit harder to determine as each of the Ivy’s calculate awards slightly differently. Theoretically, based on Ivy League financial aid rules, one package shouldn’t really vary much, but sometimes they do. As an example, some schools take into account how much equity you might have in your home… and other do not. But most school are very generous with packages for students who can get in and would attend. Some schools in fact will offer the chance to go to an Ivy virtually free a few thousand dollars per year if your income is at a certain amount. To find out how much you may qualify for at a particular school, best to visit the financial aid website and look for statistics on the percentage of students who qualify for aid and at what income levels those %’s exist at.

Ivy League schools typically evaluate yearly income and normal family assets such as the equity in your home, college savings plan accounts, student savings, stock investments, etc. to determine what’s called the ‘Expected Family Contribution’, a percentage of income the financial aid office feels parents and students should pay toward their child’s education. Some may think, well my daughter is bright and should get a lot of ‘academic’ money. Not so. Unfortunately, there no academic scholarship awards offered at any Ivy League School. The Ivies attract the best and brightest in the world – everyone is wicked smart. Players are welcome to apply for scholarships in their local community to help defray costs provided they are not based on athletic ability and are cleared by the institutions NCAA compliance department.

The Athlete Financial Aid Process

Knowing how much it may cost to attend an Ivy League school is needless to say, important. Once NCAA rules allow, most coaches will broach the subject of affordability with recruits and their parents as they try and answer the ‘can you afford my school’ question. And most coaches would agree it’s best to answer that as early in the process as they can so as to not waste anyone’s time. Bottom line, a school could want you to come and you could want to make a commitment, but if it’s not affordable–it just won’t work. And if it doesn’t work, that’s okay.

So how early can you know costs? U.S. families can get a really good ballpark estimate by using one of the cost estimator calculators found on most of the school’s Financial Aid websites. International recruits could have a tougher time using those calculators because some may not take into account an international physical address. International families could contact a financial aid officer and get direction on how to estimate costs.

Much like Ivies have a ‘pre-academic read’ process, the same holds true for Financial Aid. These reads can begin in the recruits’ grade 11 year, usually after Jan. 1st. This can sometimes be a bit of a selective process as there are only so many requests athletic departments can produce under Ivy League rules. Not every recruit a program has an intterest in will get one. The process usually entails some type of direct communication with that institutions F-A office requesting tax and other financial documents to assess the family financial situation. Once a package has been returned, you’ll know the costs to the penny.

Better Than A scholarship?

In some cases, yes–an Ivy financial aid offer could be more attractive than a partial scholarship. Simple math can get will get you down to net costs. Say you’re offered a 50% scholarship where tuition, room, board, and some fees are covered for two years. That means have to pay out-of-pocket for two more years to graduate. If it costs $50K per year to attend that’s $100K you have to come up with. If you go by the average cost to attend an Ivy today at close to $78K and subtract the average F-A award package of around $55K… do the math and you’re paying out of pocket $92K over four years – for an IVY education.

We find there is a BIG misconception out there that an Ivy education isn’t affordable. Most think you have to have oodles of $ to make it work. The reality is that just isn’t the case in most instances. No doubt there are those who won’t qualify for F-A and wind up paying the full-freight and are happy to do so knowing the value of the education they’ll receive. Most Ivy’s are committed to making it affordable for those who can get in.

NCAA/COVID Update…

College Hockey America is the latest conference to announce scheduling plans for the 20-21 season. You can read the official press release HERE. RIT will travel to play Syracuse on Friday. RIT had originally cancelled its season weeks ago but reversed its decision upon the state of New York approving COVID-19 protocols.

Hockey East had 2 more teams suspend hockey activities in the last 48-hours. On Tuesday Northeastern followed Vermont’s lead in pausing all athletic activities in five sports, including women’s and men’ hockey until Dec. 18th. This was due to a small cluster of positive cases among athletes. You can read the story HERE.

Also on Tuesday the University of Maine announced it would pause all hockey activity until Dec. 8th after positive cases among varsity athletes. It was not known if any of the positive cases were within the women’s or men’s hockey programs. You can read the story HERE.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

Post #10 — 11/23/20

IN THIS POST…

  • The Week Ahead
  • Weekend NCAA Recap, Video Highlights & Observations
  • ECAC Makes Scheduling Statement & COVID Update

The Week Ahead…

NCAA HOCKEY is back! 19 games were scheduled this weekend and 13 played. Scores, box-scores and video highlights where available are below. It will be a slow week with Thanksgiving Thursday and no games on the NCAA scheduled until Friday. Yale University is off for the rest of the semester with students, faculty, and staff now home.

The Nutmeg Classic tournament held the weekend of Thanksgiving annually between UCONN, Quinnipiac, Yale and one other school from another conference would have been played this weekend. UCONN was set to host this year but the event was cancelled. The Nutmeg moves to Ingalls Rink at Yale next year in 2021. Why the name ‘Nutmeg’ you ask? The state of Connecticut is known as the Nutmeg state. You can find out how CT got its ‘Nutmeg’ nickname HERE.

Weekend NCAA Recaps & Observations…

Recaps:

Game 1 — Boston College 6 at UNH 2 | Box Score |Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from BC’s 6-2 victory vs. UNH in game 1

Game 2 — UNH 1 @ Boston College 4 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from BC’s 4-1 victory vs. UNH in game 2

Game 1 — Maine 2 @ Holy Cross 1 | Box Score |Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Maine’s 2-1 victory vs. Holy Cross in game 1

Game 2 — Maine 2 @ Holy Cross 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Maine’s 3-2 Loss vs. Holy Cross in game 2

Game 1 — Colgate 3 @ Syracuse 2 OT | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Colgate’s 3-2 OT victory vs. Syracuse in game 1

Game 2 — Syracuse 1 @ Colgate 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Colgate’s 3-1 victory vs. Syracuse in game 2

Game 1 — MN-Duluth @ MSU-Mankato | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from UMD’s 5-0 victory vs. Mankato in game 1

Game 2 — MN-Duluth 7 @ MSU-Mankato 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from UMD’s 7-3 victory vs. Mankato in game 2

Game 1 — UCONN 2 at Providence 6 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Providence’s 6-2 victory vs. UCONN in game 1

Game 2 — Providence 1 @ UCONN 1 – OT, UCONN wins shootout 2-0 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Sunday’s highlights from UCONN’s 1-1 tie and shootout win vs. Providence in game 2

Game 1 — Ohio St. 0 @ Minnesota 4 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Ohio State’s 4-0 Loss to Minnesota in game 1

Game 2 — Ohio St. 2 @ Minnesota 1 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Ohio State’s 2-1 Victory vs. Minnesota in game 2

Observations:

  • BC freshman Gaby Roy had 4 goals Friday and an assist Saturday in her first collegiate weekend.
  • Overheard on NESN’s broadcast Saturday between BC and UNH as to why BC didn’t wear health-protective COVID masks… if players wear a bubble, you don’t have to wear them. We’ll try to find out if there’s a mandate from NCAA or conferences.
  • The new NCAA 3v3 overtime protocol made its debut in 3 games. Colgate and Syracuse started OT with Colgate on a 4v3 PP and that’s where it ended as Colgate scored. Trine University and Concordia-WI had the first legit 3v3 action with Trine winning 2-1. Providence and UCONN played the full 5-minutes of 3v3 OT in game two if its series Saturday. UCONN won the shootout 2-0.
  • With 6 games being postponed due to COVID, we can bet the season schedule will be a wait-and-see kind of thing each weekend.

ECAC Makes Scheduling Statement & COVID Update

ECAC Hockey commissioner Steve Hagwell announced the 20-21 women’s ECAC conference will have four members–Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, and St. Lawrence. They are set to engage in ECAC league contests beginning sometime in January per an ECAC Hockey release which you can read HERE.

As of Monday the 23rd, we have learned that the Quinnipiac men’s program has paused all hockey activity due to two players testing positive. It is unclear if the women’s program has been effected.

Until next time… stay safe everyone.

Post #9 — 11/20/20 — Fall semester, ivy academic / admissions – understanding the process part-II, ncaa wknd schedule

IN THIS POST…

  • Fall Semester Winds Down
  • Academics – Understanding The Ivy Recruiting Process
  • NCAA Weekend Slate of Games

Fall Semesters Winding Down…

As bleak as things seem, there does appear to be some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Recently announced is hope for two highly effective vaccines. Experts say ‘the average’ citizen could possibly get vaccinated by April. Should that be the case, life and college athletics we assume could get back to a more normal course of activity by next fall. But there is a lot that has to happen between now and then. In the short-term, we’ll work on keeping all of you connected with news and insight about the college hockey season.

Academics — Understanding The Ivy Recruiting Process

We announced a 4-part series called ‘Understanding The Process’ to aid coaches and parents with an understanding in certain areas of how the recruiting process works. Our first installment was how coaches go about player identification and evaluation. You can find that in Post #2. In our second installment below, we discuss how the academic and admissions process works for a very specific group of schools, ‘The Ivies’ – Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale.

To be blunt, very few athletes would be admitted to an Ivy League school on their own without the ‘support’ of their head coaches in the admissions process. We’ll talk about the term ‘support’ later as it’s important to know. No knock against these athletes and their academic aptitude but getting into to one of these institutions is truly an accomplishment. Heck, there are students with 4.0 GPA’s and perfect test scores who still don’t get accepted! In the admissions process, athletes who want to apply to an Ivy will have different timelines and evaluation opportunities than normal students would. A word of caution… all information below is ‘general in nature’. We cannot speak to how recruitment, academics and the admissions process may work at a specific Ivy institutions.

The Academic Process

The academic process for Ivy recruits has a few steps to it.

Step 1, Coaching Staff Academic Evaluation… for any player coaches have a real interest in, they’ll usually ask for transcripts and test scores as early as possible. It doesn’t matter how good of a hockey player a recruit is, if they aren’t close to having the grades and test scores a coach needs, most coaches won’t move ahead in the recruiting process. Does that mean someone after completing grade 9 with a decent but not great transcript and no SAT/ACT test get’s pushed aside? No, not at all. There is just only so much a coach can do with a recruit who is only in grade 9 or 10. But knowing where a student is trending academically can be reassuring for the coach. Coaches know what academic standards their admissions departments are looking for and know the ranges they can work with, most of the time. Some Ivy coaches get a little more leeway than others when it comes to academic standards. So what may work at one school, may not at another. Coaches are generally very careful about positioning whether or not someone is a good candidate for admission.

Step 2, Athletic Admissions Pre-Read… Under Ivy League admissions rules and beginning July 1 after the students grade 11 year, coaches can submit a player’s academic file to be evaluated by their admissions department for feedback to determine the likelihood of admissibility. Keep in mind this two weeks after June 15 with is the date coaches are allowed to communicate by phone/email/text with recruits. Important to note, this is not the official admissions decision, just a first-glance from admissions at the transcript, ACT/SAT scores, grades, and future class schedule. Turnaround time varies but generally it’s a quick process. There are usually three type of responses coaches get: 1) Continue to recruit 2) Recruit with some caution and 3) Don’t continue to recruit. Coaches may then communicate with their recruit to explain what admissions may be thinking and any next steps to take. These pre-reads are usually not for everyone though. Most coaches use them for players they are seriously considering making offers to or in many cases for players who have already committed to the program.

Step 3, Official Admissions Application Process & Head Coach ‘Support’… After a player has verbally accepted and committed back to the program, going through the official application process comes next. Most schools have a few different pieces to this process. The official application, teacher recommendation letters, student essay, and perhaps a personal interview all part of the official process. Some schools have different application options for students to apply to, different cycles like ‘single choice early-action’, ‘early decision’, are just a few. Coaches will direct players how to fill out the application and which cycle to apply for. As stated in Ivy League rules, all applications for regular decision must be submitted by January 1 – no later.

Head Coach ‘support’ as its called, is vitally important to a player winding up at an Ivy League school. Without it, it’s unlikely the athlete would get in on their own. And that’s because athletes are held to a different academic standard then traditional non-athlete applicants. Support of the head coach is ‘vouching’ for a specific player he or she would like as a part of their program and letting the admissions department know that. Coaches put their reputations with admissions and the school on the line when they support a player. Each admissions department has its own process of how they want their head coaches to let them know who they are supporting. Some coaches have to write letters, some may have a sit down chat with admissions, etc. Coaches can’t give their ‘support’ to just any player – only to players they feel have an excellent chance of getting in and they want in their program. Ivy coaches can only recruit so many recruits per year, they can’t take an unlimited amount.

A few things to keep in mind… Grades, Test Scores, Teacher Recommendations, and The Essay.

Players and parents often ask, what kind of grades and test scores does my daughter need for an Ivy? Our answer… too tough to say because each school has a different set of academic standards. Needless to say excellent grades in a challenging course load with honors and AP classes will go a long way. Coupled with high SAT/ACT scores (think high twenties and well above a 1200 on the SAT is also a good place to begin. Players should shoot for high GPA’s, north of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or high 80’s and above for those on a % scale. If you have one or two C’s early in grade 9 or 10, you could still be okay. D’s and F’s are almost always tough to get by admissions unless there is a compelling reason behind it.

One of the most important parts of the application process has to do with evaluating the transcript and determining the academic ‘rigor’ of the students course load… meaning did the student challenge herself or take easy classes? a 3.9/4.0 in cake-walk classes won’t hold as much weight as a 3.7/3.8 in honors and/or AP classes. You want to take the most challenging classes and achieve the kind of GPA’s mentioned above.

Equally as important are the several application short answer questions and the longer essay. Also heavily valued are the teacher and counselor recommendations. Have great grades and test scores, but wrote a poor essay? Or have a teacher recommendation that says you are a smart kid but don’t apply yourself? That is exactly the kind of combination that will get you denied. Write a coherent (and grammatically correct) essay that answers the question asked Also, really think about who you want to write your recommendation letters. Best to get one from a teacher where you did really well in their class and you know the teacher LOVES you and won’t sell you out. And…

NEVER WRITE YOUR ESSAY ABOUT HOCKEY!!!! EVER!!!!!. The school you apply to already knows you play hockey and are pretty good at it–that’s why you are applying. Write about why the school should be lucky to have you or an experience outside of hockey/sports that really articulates who you are and the type of person the school is getting. Match your personal values, dreams, aspirations with that schools resources and explain why the school is such a good match.

NCAA Weekend Slate of Games…

In the absence of what would normally be a preview of our games for the coming weekend, we are going to give you this weekend’s NCAA women’s hockey schedule of games. Full recaps to follow next week.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

Post #8 — 11/18/20 — ncaa covid update

***Breaking NCAA News: Recruiting Dead Period Extended Until April 15, 2021***

DI and DIII Women’s Coaches Have Monthly Zoom w/ NCAA and Conference Commissioners, No New Women’s Cancellations or Postponements

At 6:20pm tonight the NCAA’s DI Council announced it is extending the recruiting dead period until April 15, 2021. It was set to expire January 1. You can read the NCAA’s announcement HERE. Interestingly the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania Athletic Director, M. Grace Calhoun, is the NCAA DI Council chair. The dead period means no off-campus evaluation or face-to-face contacts for DI coaches and no official or unofficial visits to campus for recruits and their families. DI coaches were hoping for a April 1 or earlier date leaving all of April when many high-level events take place.

We are coming up on more than 24-hours without a NCAA DI women’s hockey related COVID postponement or season cancellation. Needless to say it’s been a tough week for positive news. Women’s coaches across DIII and DI, the five D-I conference commissioners, along with members of the NCAA all met today for their monthly Zoom to discuss national tournament and recruiting issues. 10 games is the minimum needed to be played to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Conferences that start the year with at least 4 teams will retain its automatic bid. The ECAC stands at four, Hockey East at ten, WCHA at seven, CHA at five, and NEWHA at five as well. One piece of good news did come out as Hockey East commissioner Steve Metcalf announced all Hockey East women’s games would be streamed live FOR FREE this season. We’ll get the details and pass them along.

Men’s DI hockey took a bit of a COVID hit in the last 24-hours. Colorado College is pausing all hockey activity after a player tested positive. CC is scheduled to be a part of the NCHC bubble Dec. 1 in Omaha. Sacred Heart has postponed its games with AIC and Quinnipiac this weekend as well as games with Army slated for Nov. 27-28, after a few a small number of cases and contact tracing came back on the team.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our regularly scheduled post with an update on the program as we wind down the Fall semester and part-II of our Understanding the Process series on how academics play into our recruiting process.

Until next time… stay safe and be well.

Post #7 — 11/17/20

In This Post

  • Union College Cancels 20-21 Season
  • RIT Reconsiders
  • 20-21 Women’s & Men’s Beanpot Cancelled

Union College Cancels 20-21 Season…

Another ECAC Hockey member school has cancelled its 20-21 season. Union College becomes the 10th DI program to put hockey on pause for the 20-21 season. Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin made the announcement just before noon today. You can read it HERE. The ECAC is now down to 4 teams on both the women’s and men’s side–Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, and St. Lawrence.

RIT Reconsiders…

RIT which announced it was cancelling its women’s and men’s 20-21 hockey seasons on Nov. 9, is now reconsidering its decision. RIT president David Munson states as long as the state of New York accepts Atlantic Hockey and College Hockey America’s return-to-play plans, hockey for the 20-21 season will continue at RIT. Details can be found on USCHO.com HERE.

2021 Women’s & Men’s Beanpot Tourney Cancelled

Another hockey casualty of the pandemic is not a hockey program, but an in-season tournament, The Beanpot. The 2021 four-school annual event in February between BC, BU, Harvard, and Northeastern has been cancelled. The Boston Globe has the story HERE.

Stay tuned later this week for our regularly scheduled post with an update on the program and part-II of our Understanding the Process series on how academics play into our recruiting process.

Until next time… stay safe and be well.

Post #6 — 11/16/20

Another COVID Casualty, RPI Cancels 20-21 Season

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) becomes the 9th women’s and men’s hockey program to cancel it’s 20-21 season due to COVID concerns. RPI, a member of the ECAC, made the announcement Monday afternoon. You can read the official announcement HERE.

This leaves the ECAC with five remaining schools planning, at least for now, to play—Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, St. Lawrence, and Union. The ECAC lost six schools when the Ivy League announced it would cancel all winter sports last week.

One has to wonder if more schools will follow the six Ivy programs, RIT, RPI, and Post University with cancelling their seasons. If you include St. Cloud and Vermont who have recently postponed upcoming games between Bemidji St., UCONN, BC, and BU respectively, that’s 15 programs affected already. 41% of DI teams impacted.

We’ll keep you updated on more COVID related developments.

Until next time… stay safe and be well.

Post #5 — 11/16/20

Nov. 16 UPDATE as of 8:30am…

  • COVID Already Impacting NCAA Games and Programs

Games have been postponed this Friday between St. Cloud and Bemidji in St. Cloud, MN as at least 8 St. Cloud players tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. Players who tested positive and meet the criteria for mandatory quarantine must remain in quarantine for up to 14-days. St. Cloud is scheduled to play its next series Nov. 27-28 vs. Mankato in St. Cloud. You can read more on this developing story HERE.

The University of Vermont Athletic Department announced late Sunday evening it will not compete in any winter sports until Dec. 18. An article in the Burlington Free-Press [Read Here] links the decision not to any outbreak of cases with any one team, but more out of a “…most responsible course of action”. Vermont has seen a spike in cases statewide which has prompted a change in restaurant dining and travel restrictions, all recreational sports has been paused until Dec. 15t as well. High school winter sports, which usually begin in late November, have now been pushed to begin Jan. 11. As one of the largest employers in the state, you can bet UVM has been in close communication with VT state health officials in how to not make matters worse. I suspect teams traveling to UVM was a major concern as states in the new england region have cases surging.

Hockey East had just announced on Nov. 11 its 20-21 women’s and men’s return to play protocol and schedule. Looks like that will be getting a major adjustment. No word on if missed games will be made up.

As we stated in our previous post, we figured hockey would have the same game postponement issues as football. Looks like hockey is in for a bumpy ride.

We will continue to update and monitor any other related COVID college hockey developments.

Until next time… stay safe and be well.

Post #4 — 11/15/20

IN THIS POST…

  • NCAA/COVID Update

NCAA/COVID Update

It looks like NCAA DI and DIII teams are going to give it ‘the ‘old college try’ and start playing games. Some already have. DI women’s and men’s conferences have been announcing schedules over the last few weeks, and the puck finally dropped Friday night in South Bend on the men’s side as Wisconsin traveled and took on Notre Dame. I have to imagine a charter flight was involved for Wisco.

As it stands now (Sunday, Nov. 15) there are 8 DI women’s teams and 2 DI men’s programs who will not be playing hockey this year. Here is what we know.

Women

  • Ivy League–Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale
  • College Hockey America (CHA)–Rochester Institute of Technology
  • New England Women’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA)–Post University

The WCHA and Hockey East have announced their intended schedules. Hockey East came out with a full season schedule while the WCHA announced a schedule through December. You can click the links below to find them. The ECAC and CHA have yet to announce anything official. The NEWHA hasn’t appeared to announce anything official but their official website does list games for Sacred Heart.

WCHA-Announcement Schedule | Hockey East-Announcement Schedule | NEWHA

Men

  • Ivy League–Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale
  • Atlantic Hockey Conference (AHC)–Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)–Alaska Anchorage

The Ivy League announced Thursday evening it would cancel all winter sports. I doubt there were many who thought the Ivy League would have decided anything different. It was only a matter of time before they pulled the trigger. On both the women’s and men’s side the ECAC now drops to 6 teams from 12. Additionally on the women’s side, Post University made its announcement to cancel Winter and Spring sports back in October sighting safety concerns due to the pandemic. With Posts’ women’s team out, the NEWHA drops to 5 teams from 6. Post also decided to move to all-virtual classes and a hope to return to competition in 2021. The leadership at RIT made a similar announcement just a week ago on Nov. 9. to cancel all winter sports for the 2020-2021 season. You can read that HERE. The CHA now drops from 6 teams to 5. On the men’s side, Atlantic Hockey where the RIT men play will drop to 10 from 11. The University at Alaska-Anchorage in the WCHA cancelled its indoor winter sports season, details can be found HERE. And in doing so, likely cancelled the men’s hockey program altogether. 20-21 was supposed to be the men’s hockey teams’ last season. UAA announced an athletic restructuring in August that would cancel four sport programs, men’s hockey being one of them.

As we’ve seen with the college football season, I think college hockey can expect some of the same with game cancellations/postponements, etc. There are already a few games on the men’s side involving Army that were/will be postponed. Unlike football, hockey is an indoor sport and thus the chance for infection rises. But don’t expect any fans at any games this year, I haven’t heard of a conference allowing them. Interestingly, men’s teams in the NCHC will try an NHL-like bubble with all 8 teams heading to the University of Nebraska-Omaha to play games until late December. You can read more about that HERE.

The first games on the DI women’s side will happen Friday Nov. 20 as UNH hosts Boston College at 4:30PM. If you need your college hockey viewing fix, you can catch the game live on NESN – the New England Sports Network. And speaking of TV, with the NHL not having games until who knows when, I wonder if sports networks will add more women’s hockey to it’s scheduling line-up to fill the hockey void. Let’s hope so.

Until next time… stay safe and be well.